I love B & B’s. Nice ones anyway. So I was so excited to find one right in my own backyard. (I’m also a VERY big fan of “in-town getaways”…) The Daisy Polk Inn in Dallas, Texas is one of the last remaining, impeccably restored Arts and Crafts houses in the city. It has been decorated and furnished to period perfection. When I walked into its doors for the first time I felt like I was in another world, where gracious living reigned. There are three beautifully appointed bedrooms upstairs and and an annex with two additional rooms perfect for longer stays.  The downstairs includes a lavish living room and dining room as well as kitchen and cozy sun room. The coolest part is that guests have the run of the place. The innkeepers don’t stay on property so it’s easy to pretend the place is yours. And in the morning, a most delicious breakfast is served with homemade baked goodies, fresh fruit, eggs, french toast, breakfast meats, or whatever else might tickle the chef’s fancy that day. Satellite television is offered in each room and handmade gourmet chocolates are left on guests’ pillows each night. My only problem with the place is that I can’t get them to let me move in… www.daisypolkinn.com

jennyb150Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.